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Ford Motor Co. v. Greatdomains.com, Inc.
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
177 F. Supp. 2d 635 (2001)
Ford Motor Company and other automobile manufacturers (Ford) (plaintiffs) sued a number of individuals (defendants) responsible for registering Internet domain names associated with the automobile trademarks owned by Ford, Volvo, Jaguar, and Lincoln. Ford sued in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. All but two of the defendants resided in the United States. Ford argued that the district court could disregard the issue of personal jurisdiction over any defendant, because the court had in rem jurisdiction over the domain names. The domain-name registries were not located in the Eastern District of Michigan. Ford argued that the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) provided a procedural method for establishing in rem jurisdiction. Ford argued that the location of the relevant domain-name registries could be established by filing documents with the district court sufficient to establish control over the domain names. The defendants moved to dismiss the in rem claims.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Cleland, J.)
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